Learning Sciences

Learning Sciences

PhD and Masters in Learning Sciences

Learning sciences advances understanding of the learning process and the design of innovative learning environments. This interdisciplinary, research-based field originated at Northwestern University, where the School of Education and Social Policy started the first learning sciences program in the world to help people develop the skills needed for an increasingly complex world.

PhD in Learning Sciences

Students become qualified as researchers, developers and practitioners who advance the scientific understanding and practice of teaching and learning.

PhD in Computer Science and Learning Sciences (CS+LS)

This program builds on enduring and growing connections between research on learning and computation.

Masters in Learning Sciences

Students learn to advance the understanding and practice of teaching and learning in formal and informal settings.

Paulo Blikstein Nichole Pinkard Erica Halverson

Meet Our Learning Sciences Alumni

Alumni of the Learning Sciences program advance to leadership positions in academic, nonprofit and business organizations. Master's graduates work as educational designers, consultants, training providers and school technologists. PhD graduates excel as researchers with universities, government agencies and private firms.

See what our Learning Sciences PhD alumni are doing.


Stay current with the latest news from our Learning Sciences program.

Coburn Named to William T. Grant Selection Committee

Cynthia Coburn was named to the William T. Grant Scholars Selection Committee, a dedicated group of academics who help younger colleagues with career development, mentoring, and pursuing new research challenges.

Vakil's Award Supports Ethics in Computing Course

SESP's Sepehr Vakil and Sarah Van Wart of the McCormick School of Engineering are developing a new ethics in computing class for undergraduate computer science majors with support from a Curriculum Innovation award from The Alumnae of Northwestern University.

Student Films Explore Race, Power, and Technology

Three timely documentary films examining the impact of new policing and surveillance technologies on communities in Chicago and Evanston will premiere online in a special event organized by Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) and the Block Museum of Art.

Contact Us

Learning Sciences Program School of Education and Social Policy

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-7494